Who needs rules?: Isleworth Boardgamers on 19th June, 2019
Jon Wooden
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Nearly the longest day of the year, so the most natural light that we ever experience in the Riverview Room at the London Apprentice. Which meant that we should have been able to read all the rulebooks very easily and not have any rules-related shenanigans....

Fat chance... shake
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House-ruled to reduce the number of decks available to purchase, and an adapted map to allow the curses to be used.

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